Project Proposal: Expanding Community-Based Influenza Vaccine Program for NYC Underserved and Indigent
“From a public health standpoint, influenza continues to be a leading cause of death in New York City, vaccination rates against influenza continue to be low, and our underserved populations are at greater, if not greatest, risk of contracting vaccine-preventable illnesses.”
In collaboration with the Urban Institute at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, Dr. Chim pursued the Incentive Grant to expand on an existing Annual Community Outreach Immunization Initiative dedicated to St. John’s University alumni, Pamela Shea-Byrnes. The Grant will be used to increase vaccinations for residents at a family transitional shelter. Additionally, students will be involved provide a unique educational opportunity and to increase sensitivity to the societal needs of underserved populations.
“This public health initiative has opened participants’ eyes and minds to the lack of accessibility that the marginalized of our local communities have to basic services, like vaccinations and primary care, and demonstrated the important public health role of pharmacists.”